"A Great Big Red Star for Valentine's Day: About as Great and as Big as it Gets"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Feb 01-07

Betelgeuse, the brightest red star as seen from Earth, reaches its highest point in the nighttime sky at about 8:15pm on Valentine's Day (February 14).

Betelgeuse is an extremely large star, pulsating in size between about the equivalent of Mars' orbit, to that of Jupiter's!

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